Ditch This Word and You'll Be Successful: JJ Entry #27

Find Out What Word You Need to Ditch to be Successful: JJ Entry #27

by Nicholas Tart

About a week ago we did this neat little exercise in my Business Capstone class.

To give you some background info, this class is the culmination of all my other business classes at CSU. It’s also an Honors class. So the smartest (or hardest working) kids in the entire college are in this class. But as we were going through this exercise about our future, I was blown away by some of the responses.

And not in a good way.

The Exercise

Our professor made the class of about 20 people sit in a circle. We went around the circle introducing ourselves to each other and we had to state our ‘vision’.

Our vision was what we see ourselves doing in the near future. Everyone in the class is graduating in May so everyone answered it from the perspective of what we’re doing once we graduate.

The Most Common Response

“I have this internship and hopefully it turns into a full-time job.”

These are some smart kids, mind you… I have a lot of respect for all of them, but that answer is flat-out wrong!

Why This Response is a Problem

One thing I’ve learned from studying successful people is that they don’t use the word, ‘hopefully’. They know exactly what they’re going to do and how they’re going to do it. There’s no ‘hoping’ that it’s going to happen.

You don’t ‘hope’ to go to the bathroom. You decide to get off the couch and go to the bathroom.

You don’t ‘hope’ to go to college. You decide to start filling out applications and eventually go to college.

You don’t ‘hope’ to get a job. You decide to get a job and start researching, filling out applications and networking with people you want to work with.

Banish the word ‘hopefully‘ from your vocabulary and you will be successful. It’s that simple…

Is it Really that Simple?

Yes, making the decision that you’re going to do something rather than hoping that your going to do something is that easy. Do it right now.

However, after making that decision, things get a lot harder. I don’t want to make it seem like it’s easy to be successful. Because it’s not. You have to work your butt off.

“The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary.”
~Vidal Sassoon

To Recap

These are brilliant people and a lot of them are good friends of mine. It just amazed me that the mindset that they are going to make things happen is something they don’t have.

More than likely, they will all be incredibly successful people. But it won’t happen until they ditch the word ‘hopefully’ from their vision.

What are your thoughts? Did you make up your mind that you’re going to do something incredible?